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September 6, 2011 > Niles Plaza Concert series ends Sunday

Niles Plaza Concert series ends Sunday

Submitted By Michael McNevin

In a grand finale of the popular summer series, Big Band Swing & Folk music will fill the air of Niles on Sunday, September 11. Featuring the What's Up Big Band 20-piece orchestra performing swing era and rat-pack classics and Tracy Newman & The Reinforcements - Award-winning songwriter folk combo from L.A., this is an opportunity to bid farewell to summer in grand style. In honor of 9/11, there will be an opening performance of God Bless America by Michael McNevin with the orchestra.

The What's Up Big Band plays swing era classics of Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Tommy Dorsey, Hoagy Carmichael, and many more. Members of the 20-piece orchestra come from a wide range of backgrounds - working and retired, butcher to engineer to educator to scientist to musician. Horn sections, vocals, drums, guitar, bass, keys, the works. A 1 p.m. set and a 3 p.m. set will give the crowd plenty of listen and dance time on the plaza grass.

Tracy Newman & The Reinforcements are a folk combo from L.A., featuring award-winning songs full of optimism, humor, and insight. From an awkward boy trying to master the cafe waffle-making job in "Waffle Boy", to hilarious and cool underpinnings in "Fire Up The Weed", Tracy takes you there. Tracy is an incredibly creative soul. A songwriter all her life, she also writes/produces the TV show "According to Jim", and has worked on "Cheers", "Ellen", and a slew of other well-respected creative endeavors.

The beautiful Town Plaza sits in the center of the old train town of Niles, against the hills of Fremont. A lawn amphitheater in front of the restored 1900's train station museum has a perfect view of the musicians, hills, and historic steam trains that come and go through the Niles Canyon. Bring low lawn chairs and blankets, enjoy the sunshine and spend some time in this old silent film mecca.

For those who show up without a plan, not a problem - large shade canopies are provided by the Niles Main Street Association, with plenty of park benches and a long semi-circle bench facing the concert stage. There are also several restaurants adjacent to the plaza who have 'to go' lunches for your impromptu picnic. Please no alcohol, and please keep the plaza clean. This is a family friendly event!

Niles Town Plaza Fall Concert
Sunday, Sept 11
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
37592 Niles Blvd. Fremont
(Fremont's historic Niles District)
(510) 742-9868

Free to the public

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